Day 356~366

Countdown at 10 now 🙂

Tonight I’ve been trying to shoot my fibre optic lamp, which is not as easy as I thought it would be,

first I tried with the macro lens

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then with the 35mm

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and then I thought I’d move into the lounge and shoot it with some Christmas tree bokeh behind it, but that didn’t quite go to plan! 🙂

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I think  the middle one will be my shot of the day, but the bottom one is my favourite 🙂

Day 352~366

Something a bit different to my night shots, the sun was shining today and low in the sky, Skye was sitting on the dining room table and shafts of sunlight came through and illuminated part of her. i tried to catch the light hitting her whiskers, and in her eyes too.

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this next is my shot of the day as the light hit her white tipped tail as well as her whiskers 🙂

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Day 328 & 329~366

Yesterday was cold but at least wasn’t raining when I finished work, so as I was in South Shields seeing a client, I hopped over to Little Sandhaven beach and took some shots with the ball.

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The Weebles

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Little Sandhaven beach
Little Sandhaven beach
Herd Groyne
Herd Groyne

Just as I was finishing up the beginnings of a rainbow appeared over the sea,

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and I took some non-ball shots

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full strength but couldn’t fit it all in my frame

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so got out the phone and did a quick video

I didn’t post last night as the cat hasn’t been all that well, and needed a  lot of cuddle time. We are thinking this might be the beginning of the end as she hasn’t been eating, or doing anything much but sitting or lying in front of the microwave, and I am quite down with it all.  Today she’s at least eating stuff now, but still a bit sedate, don’t think we’ve got much time left with her, and I don’t feel like taking photo’s. So this is today’s shot, such as it is.

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Day 322~366

Have been to work today, and the weather got steadily worse as the day went on, so thought I’d be having to do my shot indoors again this evening.  However, I was running early for an appointment, so stopped off at McDonalds for a drive through coffee, and whilst sitting in my car in the car park I had a visitor. As always my camera (and ball) bag ~ hmm think that sounds rude reading aloud in my head, never mind, you all know what I mean~were in the passenger seat, so I whipped them out and took a shot of him.

Then when Phil was cooking tea later I took some quick Iphone snaps of the cat being bonkers .She’s not allowed on there!

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Cat ‘n’ chips

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and my visitor in a ball

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it’s been a wildlife photography kinda day 😀

 

Day 317~366

I have a weekend home alone, as Phil is off to a scale model show in Telford, not back until Sunday night, and I have to cat~sit. Really the cat is doing the sitting, on my trackpad so that I can’t be on the computer, but she didn’t realise I have an emergency mouse, so on we go 🙂

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The weather, always with the weather, has been dull, has been raining and cold, so no going out with the camera, but I gathered some fallen leaves from the front garden and did my autumn in a crystal ball shot.

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This evening I’m having a chinese take away and going to find a movie or some trash TV to watch.  I’ll brush the cat, (she loves being brushed) and have a glass or 2 of my favourite wine.  I will sleep in a star shape and not get up in the morning if it’s still raining.

 

 

Day 306~366

So on we go into November, and this month I am getting out my crystal balls and will be using them in my photography.  But first, I had a little fun last night with the trick or treaters who came to the house, and swapped a photograph for a treat.

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I do this every year and the kids are great round here, smiley and nice and polite. I don’t know any of them and most are with parents. So far no-one has given me grief for taking their kids pics,  but then most of the kids are in disguise!

Also I thought I’d share a photo of Skye that I took this morning. She’s doing OK, a bit sicky now and then, but still eating and having cuddles and being a pest. I try not to think about what’s to come.

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And so onto the Crystal Ball Files! I have 4 of different sizes so will be having some fun with this!

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Day 300~366

Day 300, there’s a milestone 🙂 only 66 days to go, so light at the end of the tunnel.  Today is also exciting as the Woman~cave has arrived!

Frego didn’t know it was coming.

“Wow, look what’s turned up in the back garden! Where did THAT come from!?”
‘Surprise! This is your new home.’
“Woah! I’m going to live in it!?”
‘Sure, when it’s all kitted out with insulation and electricity and furniture & stuff.’
“It looks so big. I’ll get lonely”
‘Oh no, Skego will be with you and the other little people and The Bears, and I’ll be there a lot making mosaics and doing photography with you’
“Well I’m not sure I want to share it!”
*sigh*

🙂

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Day 288~366

We took Skye to the  vet today for investigations, while we were waiting for them to ring us to go and collect her, Frego tried her hand at bird photography, and wasn’t that successful.

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Our beautiful Skye~pie has an inoperable tumour.

 

Day 275~366

A new month starts today, and it’s lego month. For this I will be doing a series entitled “The Adventures of Frego”.

Frego shoots Skye
Frego shoots Skye

Day 243 & 244

 

 

The addition of colourants to foods is thought to have occurred in Egyptian cities as early as 1500 BC, when candy makers added natural extracts and wine to improve the products’ appearance. During the Middle Ages, the economy in the European countries was based on agriculture, and the peasants were accustomed to producing their own food locally or trading within the village communities. Under feudalism, aesthetic aspects were not considered, at least not by the vast majority of the generally very poor population. This situation changed with urbanization at the beginning of the Modern Age, when trade emerged—especially the import of precious spices and colours.
With the onset of the industrial revolution, people became dependent on foods produced by others. These new urban dwellers demanded food at low cost. Analytical chemistry was still primitive and regulations few. The adulteration of foods flourished. Heavy metal and other inorganic element-containing compounds turned out to be cheap and suitable to “restore” the colour of watered-down milk and other foodstuffs, some more lurid examples being: Red lead and vermillion were routinely used to colour cheese and confectionery.
Copper arsenite was used to recolour used tea leaves for resale. It also caused two deaths when used to colour a dessert in 1860.
Many colour additives had never been tested for toxicity or other adverse effects. Historical records show that injuries, even deaths, resulted from tainted colorants. In 1851, about 200 people were poisoned in England, 17 of them fatally, directly as a result of eating adulterated lozenges.In 1856, mauveine, the first synthetic colour, was developed by Sir William Henry Perkin and by the turn of the century, unmonitored color additives had spread through Europe and the United States in all sorts of popular foods, including ketchup, mustard, jellies, and wine.

Luckily, today both chemical and natural colourants are tested for safety. European Union (EU) legislation requires most additives used in foods to be labelled clearly in the list of ingredients, with their function, followed by either their name or E number. An E number means that it has passed safety tests and has been approved for use here and in the rest of the EU.

Of course that won’t apply now so we can all be poisoned 🙂

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Today I decided to play with the food colours I got,instead of doing research and stuff, it wasn’t as easy! I had a glass tank of water, an eye dropper, and my camera set on the burst mode, but getting the focus, exposure and aperture right was a right clart on, and I didn’t quite make it, but these are the best of a bad bunch. Also different colours have different viscosities and densities, the blue was hopeless, just splatted into a fuzzy cloud, whereas the green was just blobs on a string. The 2 top left were supposed to be red but look orange, but I think they were the best ones, anyway, it was fun to do.

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and this is how it was done

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Day 231~366

The colour brown is a serious, down-to-earth colour signifying stability, structure and support.

Relating to the protection and support of the family unit, with a keen sense of duty and responsibility, brown takes its obligations seriously. It encourages a strong need for security and a sense of belonging, with family and friends being of utmost importance.

In the meaning of colours, brown is the colour of material security and the accumulation of material possessions.

The colour brown relates to quality in everything – a comfortable home, the best food and drink and loyal companionship. It is a colour of physical comfort, simplicity and quality. Especially if you’re a cat.

From a negative perspective it can also give the impression of cheapness and stinginess in certain circumstances.

Brown is friendly and approachable. It is loyal, trustworthy and dependable in a practical and realistic way.

In colour psychology, brown is honest, genuine and sincere. It relates to the hardworking, the industrious and reliable, with both feet planted firmly on the ground. Unless you’re a cat 🙂

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